Digital licence rollout a sign of the times
Originally posted by by Riverine Herald @ riverineherald.com.au
NSW Parliament will introduce legislation in the next two weeks to allow the phased state-wide rollout of the digital driver licence — the first of its kind in Australia.
Murray River Police District western sectors officer-in-charge Inspector Paul Huggett said as we continue to evolve with technology, the introduction of a digital licence was a logical step.
‘‘This technology will assist police in the identification of all drivers on our roads as people rarely forget their phone and if the do, they tend to go back for it,’’ he said.
‘‘There are certainly people who forget their wallet and/or purse, hence this will allow drivers to still identify themselves in the instance of a traffic stop or a motor vehicle collision where drivers are required at law to exchange details.’’
Digital licences will be made available through the Service NSW app on mobile phones so people can use it as a proof of identity and age to get into pubs and clubs as well for roadside police checks.
The NSW Government said digital licences would provide extra levels of security and increased protection against fraud compared to a physical licence.
Drivers who opt-in for the digital service will still be provided with a physical card but will not need to carry it with them.